January 21, 2021

BBC America’s Year-End ‘Doctor Who’ Marathon


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Saturday, Dec. 26

“Doctor Who” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6am

Travel through time and space with BBC America’s year-end Doctor Who marathon, with Saturday and Sunday episodes featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor. The marathon continues with Peter Capaldi on Monday, David Tennant on Tuesday, the best of the Daleks on Wednesday, the best of Timey Wimey on Thursday and Jodie Whittaker on New Year’s Day.

Air & Space Stunt Marathon
Smithsonian Channel
All-day Marathon
You’re in for a menu of air and space themed programming featuring hit titles such as Mighty Planes, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Space Disasters, Ice Airport Alaska, Air Disasters and more.

College Football
ESPN & ABC, beginning at 12pm Live

A full day of college football postseason games features the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl (ABC), the Cure Bowl (ESPN), the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (ABC), the Lending Tree Bowl (ESPN), the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl (ESPN) and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl (ESPN).

Christmas Leftovers
IFC, beginning at 1:30pm

Not ready to say goodbye to Christmas yet? Spend the day after watching nearly 12 hours of holiday movies on IFC. Things start with the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck classic Christmas in Connecticut, and continue with A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007), A Christmas Story 2 (2012) and Jack Frost (1998; back-to-back showings).

Memorable Goodbyes
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

It’s never easy saying goodbye, even for movie characters, but it can be memorable. Tonight’s double-feature features two films that close with iconic tear-jerking moments when their lovers had to separate. The night begins with what is probably Hollywood’s most enduring and quotable farewell scene, when Best Actor Oscar nominee Humphrey Bogart’s Rick assures Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa that they’ll “always have Paris” as he reluctantly, but for the greater good, sends her out of his life at the airport in the Best Picture Oscar-winning Casablanca (1942). After that, Best Actress Oscar nominee Barbra Streisand’s Katie and Robert Redford’s Hubbell happen to run into each other again later in life after they shared many early years — including a former marriage and a child — together. As they catch each other up on their new lives and loves, they wistfully, but realistically, realize that they are no longer the way they were in The Way We Were (1973).

You Live in What? International: “Things Aren’t What They Seem”
HGTV, 9pm

Architect George Clarke proves space is limitless as he visits a hidden home behind a block of boards, a scoreboard where sports fans can live and a family’s backyard transformed into a yearlong vacation space.

History’s Greatest Mysteries: “Roswell: First Witness — The Writer”
History, 9pm
The exploration of the latest theories about the 1947 crash of an unidentifiable object in Roswell, New Mexico, comes to a conclusion. The diary of the man first on the scene of the crash may reveal important information — if it can be decoded.

Kentucky Murder Mystery: The Trials of Anthony Gray
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

This two-hour special delves into the case of Anthony Gray, a man accused of killing his parents in 2007. After an extensive trial featuring a tearful confession on camera, Anthony was sentenced to 45 years and remains incarcerated to this day. But looks can be deceiving, and this might not be an open-and-shut case. In a trial of errors, Anthony’s confession eventually gets thrown out. If Anthony didn’t kill his parents, the lingering question is who did? This special reveals a dark tale of family drama, gun-running, stolen safes — and the possibility that the real killer sat in the same living room where James and Vivian were killed.

Most Terrifying With Jason Hawes: “Blackbeard’s Vengeance”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Jason Hawes unearths America’s scariest haunts, including an island stalked by the spirit of a notorious pirate, a restaurant quaking with ghostly activity and an orphanage where a monstrous headmistress tortures innocent souls from beyond the grave.

Sunday, Dec. 27

Swing Time
TCM, 1:15pm
Catch a Classic!

The famously fancy footwork of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers — choreographed by the legendary Hermes Pan — highlights this fun 1936 musical directed by George Stevens. Astaire plays “Lucky” Garnett, a roguish gambler/dancer who is challenged by his fiancée’s (Betty Furness) father to come up with $25,000 to prove he’s worthy of her hand. But after he falls in love with a dance instructor (Ginger Rogers), Lucky will do anything to keep from earning the bucks. Along with great dance numbers, the film also boasts a memorable score by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Dorothy Fields, including the classic tunes “A Fine Romance,” “Never Gonna Dance,” “Pick Yourself Up” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

The Masked Dancer
FOX, 8pmET/5pmPT
New Series!

Comedian Craig Robinson hosts this twist on The Masked Singer where, instead, celebrities compete on the dance floor in elaborate costumes and are unmasked every week in front of a panel of judges, including Ken Jeong, Brian Austin Green, Paula Abdul and Ashley Tisdale.

The Outpost: “Where Death Lives”
The CW, 9pm

Talon (Jessica Green) and Zed (Reece Ritchie) learn painful truths about their relatives. Tobin (Aaron Fontaine) makes a heroic rescue and Yavalla’s (Jaye Griffiths) horde grows as the Outpost prepares for battle.

Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on the Line
Food Network, 9pm

Executive produced by Guy Fieri and shot in part by chefs Maneet Chauhan, Antonia Lofaso, Christian Petroni and Marcus Samuelsson, this fascinating doc explores COVID’s crippling effect on the restaurant biz and how the foodie community has come together to weather the pandemic.

A Winter Preview-Land
FOX, 9pm

Hosts Mayim Bialik and Craig Robinson preview their new FOX series plus returning shows from Prodigal Son to the 9-1-1s. Sounds winter-ful!

American Monster: “Plus-One”
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

When Melissa and Rob find love at a birthday BBQ, everything seems to have fallen into place. But as Rob works longer hours, Melissa is left with an uneasy feeling. When tensions flare, not even the happiest of proposals can save them from devastation.

On the Case With Paula Zahn: “When, Where and Who?”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

When a 15-year-old girl vanishes from her front porch, police must uncover when she was last seen, where she might have been going and who would have wanted her dead.

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas
PBS, 10pm

Fun and fanciful British historian Lucy Worsley has a delightfully unstuffy approach to the past. In this rebroadcast, she brings to vivid life the Christmas traditions of King Henry VIII’s 16th-century court. Mead for everyone!

Your Honor
Showtime, 10pm

When Emmy-winning character actress Margo Martindale shows up in a series, you know there’s going to be a shake-up. Tonight she debuts as tough Sen. Elizabeth Guthrie, who’s helping her widowed son-in-law, Judge Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston), protect his teen son (Hunter Doohan) from a dangerous crime family.

Modern Family
USA Network, 11pm

Before 2020 winds down, enjoy three episodes’ worth of wintry and New Year’s antics with guest stars Kelsey Grammer, Fred Willard, Faith Prince and Billy Dee Williams.

Monday, Dec. 28

Morning Fables
TCM, beginning at 7am
Catch a Classic!

This morning, Turner Classic Movies transports you into the realm of fairy tales courtesy of some terrific fantasy films. The lineup will include a few short films, plus two memorable feature-length titles. One of the latter is Jean Cocteau’s surreal, dreamlike 1946 feature Beauty and the Beast, based on the famous tale, with Josette Day playing Belle and Jean Marais as the Beast. This classic of French cinema features English subtitles, if you aren’t too engrossed with the gorgeous images to read them. The other feature-length fairy tale film airing this morning is 1962’s The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, co-directed by fantasy film master George Pal. This movie not only offers a biographical drama about famous fairy tale-collecting brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (portrayed by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm), but also brings to life some of their legendary tales, like “The Cobbler and the Elves,” “The Singing Bone” and “The Dancing Princess,” sometimes through the use of stop-motion animation effects. Brothers Grimm was one of the epic productions filmed in the Cinerama widescreen format during the heyday of that process in the 1950s and ’60s, and while you may not be able to see the film in this grand, original format, it still looks terrific, thanks to its Oscar-winning costumes, and Oscar-nominated cinematography and art direction.

NFL Football: Buffalo at New England
ESPN, 8pm Live

The season finale of Monday Night Football has a Week 16 AFC East rivalry game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
NBC, 8pm

This 2016 TV film followed 2015’s Coat of Many Colors and is the next chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee. Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind and Gerald McRaney star in the film, which also features a special appearance from Parton as the Painted Lady.

Kids Baking Championship
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!

A dozen young chefs with mad cooking skills (and, most likely, curfews) compete for $25,000 in the latest 10-week competition chaperoned by hosting judges Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman. That is one hefty allowance!

L.A.’s Finest: “Armageddon”
FOX, 9pm

As Syd (Gabrielle Union) and McKenna (Jessica Alba) finally close in on Gabriel Knox, a shocking revelation makes their fight more personal than ever in the new episode “Armageddon.”

His Dark Materials
HBO, 9pm
Season Finale!

In Season 2’s fantastical conclusion, aeronaut Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) wants to fulfill his quest and help young adventurer Lyra (Dafne Keen) — no matter what.

Atlanta Justice
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
New Series!

The Atlanta Homicide Unit consistently has one of the highest clearance rates in the country, but no one solves a murder by themselves — it takes a skilled and devoted team to identify, catch and prosecute killers. Members of this elite and dedicated team include Detectives Nicole Redlinger and J.D. Stephens, and prosecutors Leif Howard and Tanya Miller. This series immerses viewers into the world of these big-city detectives and prosecutors as they work to solve some of Atlanta’s most baffling crimes.

Dr. Pimple Popper
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

This new season features Dr. Lee’s most challenging cases to date, which were introduced in Before the Pop, which aired earlier this year and focused on telemedicine appointments due to the pandemic. Some of the cases are so extreme, Dr. Lee teams up with specialists in order to provide the best outcome possible, including for an adorable 8-year-old girl — the youngest patient yet on the series — with an extreme case of psoriasis who would like to be a dermatologist when she grows up; a man with severe keloids on the back of his head and scalp; and an incredibly rare case of nevus sebaceous that covers much of a woman’s face.

World’s Most Unexplained: “Supernatural Sightings”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Experts investigate reports of moving Virgin Mary statues in Ireland and question whether the stigmata phenomenon is a miracle or hoax.

Vernon Jordan: Make It Plain
PBS, 10pm

This film chronicles Jordan’s modest origins through his rise to national renown as a pioneering attorney, businessman, civil rights leader and counselor to presidents spanning the eras from LBJ to Barack Obama.

Paranormal Declassified: “Chasing Skinwalkers”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Paul Beban investigates evil shapeshifters from Navajo folklore known as Skinwalkers. Beban tracks the mythical beasts from the heart of the Navajo Nation, to the infamous Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, to Wisconsin, where he captures something unexplainable.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

A Teacher: “Episode 10”
FX on Hulu
Series Finale!

Claire (Kate Mara) and Eric (Nick Robinson) have seemingly moved on with their lives, but a chance encounter brings new truths to light.

College Football
ESPN, beginning at 5:30pm Live

College football bowl game action on ESPN continues with Oklahoma State vs. Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, Florida; and Texas vs. Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

Popstar’s Best of 2020
The CW, 8pm

Host Elizabeth Stanton will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2020.

American Masters: “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page”
PBS, 8pm

This documentary presents an unvarnished look at Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose autobiographical fiction helped shape American ideas of the frontier and self-reliance. A Midwestern farm woman who published her first novel at age 65, Wilder turned her frontier childhood into the bestselling Little House series. Featuring never-before-published letters, photographs and family artifacts, this film explores the context in which Wilder lived and wrote, as well as the true nature of her personality. Historians, scholars and fans provide additional perspectives on Wilder’s life and legacy, and actors from the beloved TV series Little House on the Prairie — Melissa Gilbert, Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler — also offer insights.

In Memoriam
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Throughout this evening and into late tomorrow afternoon, Turner Classic Movies will air movies starring notable actors and other film personalities who have passed away this year, and who have not already been honored by the network with separate film tributes (as Kirk Douglas has been, for example). First up is the iconic 1967 comedy The Graduate in honor of Buck Henry, who cowrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay and also appeared in a role. Among the others remembered in this tribute: actress Shirley Knight, with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar-nominated role in the drama Sweet Bird of Youth (1962); actor Fred Willard, with his small but hilarious role in the comedy This Is Spinal Tap (1984); actor Brian Dennehy, with the drama The Belly of an Architect (1987); composer Ennio Morricone, with the Italian war film The Battle of Algiers (1966); actress Honor Blackman, with the 1958 British war comedy The Square Peg; actress Diana Rigg, with the Agatha Christie mystery Evil Under the Sun (1982); and actor Wilford Brimley, with the drama The China Syndrome (1979); among others.

7 Little Johnstons
TLC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Dad Trent, mom Amber and their five kids ride out 2020’s stay-at-home orders in Season 8. All the family togetherness puts a damper on the parents’ alone time, so they turn to pole dancing to spice things up!

Master Distiller
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The spirits-making competition show is back and boozier than ever with an all new season featuring three competitors, three judges — Mark, Digger and Tim from Discovery’s Moonshiners — and one winning spirit. Facing all new challenges — from distilling navy-strength rum and vodka, to creating George Washington’s famous rye recipe — the best legal and outlaw distillers from across the country will go head-to-head in the ultimate booze-making competition.

Nurses: “Incoming/Undisclosed Conditions”
NBC, 9pm

If you missed them in previews that NBC aired earlier this month, check out the first two episodes of this Canadian medical drama before it picks up with new episodes beginning Jan. 5, in its regular Tuesday night time slot following This Is Us.

Streets of Dreams With Marcus Lemonis
CNBC, 10pm
New Series!

The host travels to the most iconic streets in the U.S. to explore the businesses that made them destinations. This week, we meet the jewelers of New York’s Diamond District.

Lone Star Law: Patrol and Protect
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!

In this series, get a front-row seat as Texas game wardens encounter perilous situations that affect citizens and wildlife alike as they oversee more than 250,000 square miles of deserts, lakes, piney woods, bayous, plains and coasts.

Supermarket Stakeout
Food Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Alex Guarnaschelli, one of our favorite Chopped judges, puts more chefs through mystery challenges as four foodies are dared to create perfect plates using whatever ingredients they can acquire from shoppers leaving a grocery store. The fear of Spam is real!

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Best Leftovers Ever!
Netflix
New Series!

Home cooks compete to find ways of giving old leftovers new life, in hopes of winning a $10,000 prize.

Vikings
Amazon Prime Video
Series Finale!

Prior to their rollouts on the show’s usual linear home on History, the final 10 episodes of this historical drama’s sixth and final season, including the series finale, will be made available all at once on Prime.

Yearly Departed
Amazon Prime Video

A female-led lineup of comedians and actors including Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany Haddish and more deliver “eulogies” for 2020.

College Football
ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live

ESPN has coverage of Wisconsin vs. Wake Forest in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina; Iowa vs. Missouri in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville; and Florida vs. Oklahoma in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas.

The Godfather Marathon
AMC, 5:30pm

A marathon of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy? That’s an offer we can’t refuse. Settle in for Al Pacino in his brilliant rise and fall as Michael Corleone in the 1972 original, 1974’s Part II and 1990’s Part III.

Heroes on the Front Line
The CW, 8pm

Hosted by Dean Cain, the one-hour television event celebrates the on-the-ground heroes who dared to make a difference in the midst of the unprecedented and unforeseen worldwide pandemic.

Married at First Sight: Season 12 Matchmaking Special
Lifetime, 8pm

Ahead of the reality hit’s Jan. 13 return, learn how the five new couples — including the show’s oldest (38) and first divorced grooms — were cast.

The Big Bang Theory
TBS, 7pm

Relive the 2007 premiere of the series that signed off 12 years later as TV’s No. 1 sitcom. The episode’s premise is simple — geeky roommates and socially awkward physicists Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) befriend their hot new neighbor, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) — but the jokes are sharp. The pilot sets up many of the bits that recur throughout the show’s run: Sheldon sharing random facts and always needing to sit in “his spot” on the couch; the apartment building’s broken elevator; the inability of their shy friend Raj (Kunal Nayyar) to talk to girls without being drunk (until Season 6). It also references the Nobel Prize, which Sheldon would go on to win in the series finale (sharing it with his then-wife, Mayim Bialik’s Amy). Perhaps most telling, though, is one of Sheldon’s final lines to his smitten roommate about Penny. “You’re not done with her, are you?” he asks Leonard, setting up one of broadcast TV’s best, and funniest, romances.

TCM Spotlight: Bernard Herrmann: “More Hitchcock & Thrillers”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

After a break for Christmas last week, Turner Classic Movies returns to its Wednesday spotlight on legendary film composer Bernard Herrmann for its final installment. Tonight’s films feature more of Herrmann’s collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, as well as the composer’s work on other thrillers. The evening begins with Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), which did not have a conventional score, but on which Herrmann was a sound consultant who helped guide the electronic creation of the eerie sounds made by the titular threats. After that is perhaps Herrmann’s most famous teaming with Hitch — 1960’s Psycho, with the composer’s slicing strings still remaining an instant shorthand for murder and madness. The rest of the evening features Herrmann’s exemplary work in non-Hitchcock thrillers: Cape Fear (1962), Sisters (1972), It’s Alive (1974) and The Bride Wore Black (1968).

The UFO Phenomenon
Travel Channel, 8pm

In this two-hour Shock Docs special, director James Fox investigates the decades-long coverup of unidentified aerial phenomena. Eye-opening evidence — from the testimonies of high-ranking officials to riveting archival footage — reveals mankind is not alone in the universe. The timely film also reveals the monumental events behind the recent bombshell disclosure by The New York Times of the Pentagon’s secret UFO program. Narrated by Peter Coyote, The UFO Phenomenon includes former Sen. Harry Reid; President Bill Clinton; John Podesta, White House chief of staff for President Clinton and adviser to President Barack Obama; Gov. Bill Richardson; Christopher Mellon, former U.S Department of Defense senior intelligence official; NASA astronauts; Gov. Fife Symington; and Dr. Jacques Vallée, who was fictionally portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Trafficked With Mariana Van Zeller: “Cocaine”
Nat Geo, 9pm

Journalist Mariana van Zeller retraces one of the world’s most intractable smuggling routes, following cocaine’s path from a remote Peruvian valley through Colombia’s Caribbean coast, all the way to the streets of Miami. Despite the decades-long U.S. war on drugs, cocaine production is at an all-time high, and Mariana meets some of the makers, smugglers, drivers and teenage backpackers who risk their lives to deliver America’s favorite party drug.

The Crimes That Changed Us: “Rodney King”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Finale!

In 1991, the brutal beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers is caught on video, igniting outrage. The officers involved go to trial, but when they are acquitted in 1992, people are visibly upset at the verdict and riots break out across the city. Black radio station KJLH opens up its phone lines as the community calls in disbelief. Fires break out, along with widespread looting. Businesses and dreams go up in smoke. Citizens are hauled out of their cars and attacked, while others are killed. Police resources are spread too thin, and when the National Guard finally arrives, it’s too late. This episode offers an intimate account of those dark days, which echo even decades later.

True Conviction
Investigation Discovery, 11pm
Season Premiere!

Renowned Brooklyn homicide prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi is back for a third season of her series that shows how the nation’s top prosecutors work to get convictions in the toughest homicide cases. In the season premiere episode, “Shattered Home,” investigators find it suspicious when an unknown assailant shoots a 32-year-old mother in her bedroom while her husband, just a few feet away, survives without a scratch. Rumors swirl around town, and an inter-familial lawsuit provides ample motive, but the simplest solution isn’t always the right one. Forensic evidence and a surprising eyewitness proves even small grudges can be deadly.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The series that re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft, returns for its fourth and final season. “Working on [this series] has been an incredible honor from day one,” says showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “I’m also grateful to our partners … for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it.”

Cleaning Up
Sundance Now
New Series!

A cleaner at a financial company finds herself plunging into the shadier underbelly of finance in this U.S. premiere of the British series.

New Year’s Eve Stephen King Marathon
HDNet Movies, beginning at 6am

Stephen King stories are a hot property in film and television nowadays, but this is not the first time Hollywood has been drawn to the horror master. In the 1980s and ’90s, adaptations of King works frequently appeared in movie theaters, and you can ring in the new year by watching several of those in today’s nearly 24-hour marathon. Tune in for Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990), Stephen King’s Thinner (1996), Silver Bullet (1985), Cujo (1983), Pet Sematary (1989) and The Dead Zone (1983). Some films air more than once.

“The Twilight Zone” New Year’s Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 6am

If 2020 hasn’t felt enough like The Twilight Zone for you, go ahead and usher in 2021 by watching the return of Syfy’s annual favorite event. This year, the network offers 48 hours of classic episodes from Rod Serling’s famed anthology series starting today and running until early the morning of Jan. 2.

“North America” Marathon
Discovery Channel, beginning at 9am

Discovery airs a five-hour marathon of episodes from this natural history series that takes viewers on a journey to explore the wildlife existing in the varied environments around North America, including the frigid Yukon Territory, the lush forests of Belize, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and the barren deserts of the American Southwest.

“Thin Man” Marathon
TCM, beginning at 9:15am
Catch a Classic!

Spend part of your New Year’s Eve with Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) — the witty, hard-drinking, fun-loving, high-society couple who often find themselves embroiled in solving mysteries — and their lovable dog Asta for a day of all six of the comedy/mystery Thin Man films, beginning with the 1934 original, The Thin Man. The marathon also includes After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Song of the Thin Man (1947).

College Football
ESPN & CBS, beginning at 12pm Live

New Year’s Eve college football bowl games are Tulsa vs. Mississippi State in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas (ESPN); West Virginia vs. Tennessee in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee (ESPN); Ball State vs. San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson (CBS); and Arkansas vs. TCU in the Texas Bowl in Houston (ESPN).

“Serengeti” Marathon
Discovery Channel, beginning at 2pm

Enjoy all six episodes of this natural history series that gives unrivaled access to one of the most pristine and unspoiled corners of Africa. Featuring a lush original score and narrated by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Serengeti follows the heartwarming stories of a cast of African wildlife — including lions, zebras, baboons and cheetahs — over the course of a year.

“Expedition Unknown” Marathon
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm

Check out episodes of this series in which host and executive producer Josh Gates and his crew traverse the globe investigating history’s greatest legends and mysteries.

FOX’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021
FOX, 8pm Live

Ken Jeong and Joel McHale are teaming up to kiss 2020 goodbye in this New Year’s Eve special.

Fear Thy Roommate
Investigation Discovery, 8pm
New Series!

This series takes viewers behind the closed doors of strangers, proving that you never really know what someone is like until you live with them. Each episode follows two people who take the blind leap of faith and decide to move in with a relative stranger. It seems like a great idea at first, but then small disagreements about dirty dishes and empty milk cartons bring out the worst in one another. Before long, they learn how quickly the festering animosity can morph into fear and loathing when nothing separates you but a few inches of drywall. The tension escalates until disagreements erupt into acts of violence.

Stalked by My Husband’s Ex
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

After accepting his proposal, hospitality queen Kristen Carter couldn’t be more excited to marry Ryan Munson, and to become a mother to his 10-year-old daughter, Lisa. But, when strange and deadly things start to happen around her, Kristen starts to worry whether she’ll ever see her wedding day at all. Alex McKenna, Juliana Dever, Adam Huss, Joey Rae Blair and Melissa Ordway star.

New Year’s Eve: Escape From 2020
NBC, 8pm

TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager host this NBC News end-of-year special highlighting 2020’s most entertaining and talked-about videos and trends, as well as the year’s most extraordinary and inspirational moments. The two-hour special features interviews with Lauren Ash, Skylar Astin, Andrea Canning, Carson Daly, Dylan Dreyer, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Kelly Clarkson, Willie Geist, Brad Goreski, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Matt Iseman, Sheinelle Jones, Carson Kressley, Preacher Lawson, John Legend, Jane Levy, Loni Love, Howie Mandel, Josh Mankiewicz, Chris Mann, Craig Melvin, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison, Dennis Murphy, Alex Newell, Al Roker, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Chris Sullivan, Johnny Weir and more.

United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America
PBS, 8pm

As part of a national PBS broadcast for New Year’s Eve, these performances, filmed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon as well as at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, encourage our nation to come together and celebrate our irrepressible strength as Americans. From the enormity of COVID-19 to the significant presence of social injustice, this special evening brings us together in the ever-present pursuit of our uniting as one America.

NBC New Year’s Eve
NBC, 10pm (Part 1); 11:30pm (Part 2
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NBC kicks off the new year with a star-studded lineup of musical guests for an evening of holiday fun airing in two parts. The broadcast will feature performances from across the country by AJR, Busta Rhymes featuring Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, CNCO, Jason Derulo, Goo Goo Dolls, Kylie Minogue, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha featuring Doja Cat, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Sting featuring Shirazee. Carson Daly will return to host live from the heart of Times Square. Joining Daly as cohosts will be Amber Ruffin and Stephen “tWitch” Boss. After breaking for local news, the special will resume in Part 2 for the final countdown to Times Square’s iconic ball-drop; due to the pandemic, there will be no public access to this event, so watching at home will be everyone’s best option.

Friday, Jan. 1

The Minimalists: Less Is Now
Netflix

This documentary follows longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who call themselves the Minimalists and who share how our lives can be better with less.

Monarca
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The Mexican drama about a billionaire tequila magnate and his family returns for Season 2.

What Happened to Mr. Cha?
Netflix
Original Film!

This Korean comedy follows Cha In-pyo, a megastar past his prime, as he struggles to restore the glory of his heyday as an actor. In the film, the eponymous star plays himself in a transformative role the likes of which he has never before attempted. In doing so, he crosses the boundaries between his real self and the fictional character in the film.

Headspace Guide to Meditation
Netflix
New Series!

Take a deep breath and start the new year by being kind to your mind with this series. Over the course of eight 20-minute animated episodes, Andy Puddicombe — former Buddhist monk and cofounder of the Headspace meditation app — takes viewers through the benefits and science behind meditation.

Insomnia
Crackle
New Series!

Free streaming platform Crackle offers the U.S. premiere of this eight-part sci-fi/action series from Russia. Set in the streets of Moscow, Insomnia chronicles the story of 20 strangers from around the globe who are forced to play the ultimate game of life and death. There can only be one winner, and time is of the essence — injected with a poison that will stop their heart if they fall asleep, contestants must kill or be killed for the antidote and a new life.

The Office
Peacock
Streaming Exclusive!

The beloved Steve Carrell-led 2005-13 sitcom launches on its exclusive streaming home at Peacock starting today. Every episode that was originally broadcast (201 total) will stream, and special “superfan” episodes will include never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes in extended cuts of the original series, starting with Season 3, with more coming in March. The first two seasons of The Office stream for free; Seasons 3-9, as well as the superfan episodes, are available for a cost on Peacock Premium and the ad-free Peacock Premium Plus. See peacock.com for pricing and more info on other Office content that will be available.

New Year Comedies
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

After the 2020 we just had, everyone could use a little laugh. You can start 2021 with a smile thanks to TCM’s lineup today, which features some terrific comedies this morning and into the early afternoon. The schedule begins with the Marx Brothers’ funniest film, A Night at the Opera (1935), and continues with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard in Howard Hawks’ screwball comedy Twentieth Century (1934); Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in Best Director Oscar winner Leo McCarey’s screwball comedy The Awful Truth (1937), which was nominated for five other Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Dunne; and, finally, Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in writer/director Mel Brooks’ The Producers (1967), which earned Brooks an Oscar for his screenplay.

“Gold Rush” Marathon
Discovery Channel, beginning at 9am

Eleven hours of episodes from Discovery’s top series, which follows seasoned gold miners seeking the next big claim, air today, leading into a new episode of the series this evening.

The Rose Parade’s New Year’s Celebration
ABC/Hallmark Channel/NBC/RFD-TV, 11am Live

The longtime annual New Year’s Day favorite Tournament of Roses Parade has been canceled due to the pandemic, but organizers have planned this two-hour special airing across various networks. It features a reimagined New Year’s celebration, including live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, celebrity guest appearances, special Rose Bowl game football highlights, equestrians, spectacular floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float and more. Specific details on performances and celebrities were not announced at presstime. Start time varies by network.

My Lottery Dream Home Marathon
HGTV, 12pm

Join HGTV star David Bromstad for an exciting afternoon marathon of over-the-top house hunting. The popular series follows David as he crisscrosses the country to help his instantly rich clients find fantasy homes with their newfound wealth.

First Look: discovery+
Investigation Discovery, 4pm; Travel Channel, 11pm

In this half-hour special, Entertainment Tonight hosts Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner give VIP access to preview exclusive originals and new series that will be found on Discovery Network’s new streaming service, discovery+, which launches Monday, Jan. 4. Get a sneak peek at new shows showcasing travel, nature, adventure, true crime, mystery and more.

College Football Playoff Semifinals
ESPN, beginning at 5pm Live

Quarterback Mac Jones and the Alabama Crimson Tide have the No. 1 spot in the CFP ranking and will take on the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game has been relocated from its traditional home in Pasadena, California, due to COVID-19 concerns. In the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers. The winners move on to the national championship game Jan. 11.

Doctor Who: “Revolution of the Daleks”
BBC America, 8pm

New Year’s Day brings the action-packed Doctor Who holiday special “Revolution of the Daleks.” With the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) locked up in an alien prison, Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) are back on Earth trying to carry on without her. But they soon discover a disturbing plan that involves a Dalek. John Barrowman MBE reprises his role as Capt. Jack Harkness.

Gold Rush
Discovery Channel, 8pm

Parker returns to Alaska to prospect new ground and expand his empire; Rick digs deep for big gold in a cut he hopes will deliver the biggest weigh-in of the season; and Fred’s crewmember Johnny comes up with unique fix to their water problem.

HGTV Dream Home 2021
HGTV, 8pm

The HGTV Dream Home 2021 offers an exclusive window into the design minds of hosts Brian Patrick Flynn and Tiffany Brooks as they infuse this three-story, Cape Cod-style home with classic coastal flair. Located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, just 10 miles from downtown Newport, the design of this waterfront haven draws upon the region’s rich maritime history and culture to create a look that Flynn has dubbed “Americana with a twist.”

The Wrong Real Estate Agent
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Julie (Vivica A. Fox) and her teenage daughter Maddie (Alaya Lee Walton) rent a beautiful house on several acres of land from Charles (Andres Londono), a real estate agent they know well and who lives nearby. However, after they move in, strange noises and occurrences lead them to suspect someone else may be living on their property. Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules also stars.

RuPaul’s Drag Race
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Glitz! Glamour! VH1 rings in 2021 with a whole new crop of queens competing for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” While longtime judge Michelle Visage is tight-lipped when it comes to specifics for Round 13, she says it will feel like a family affair. COVID-19 restrictions resulted in the Emmy-winning show limiting its guest judges to what she calls “franchise favorites.” One thing remains the same: RuPaul still has the undisputed last word on which contestants sashay away. That will result in at least one major shake-up, Visage teases. “That’s Ru. He likes to keep everyone on their toes. But just remember, I’m telling you, you will not see this one coming!”

My Lottery Dream Home
HGTV, 9pm

In this new episode, star David Bromstad will help a $1 million scratch-off winner find her dream home in Midway, Florida. She loves her current neighborhood and wants to stay close by, so David will make sure she finds a new place that checks off all the boxes on her wish list and is perfect for hosting her large family.

The UnXplained
History, 9pm
New Episodes!

The William Shatner-hosted series that looks explores the world’s most fascinating mysteries returns with new episodes beginning tonight with “Mysteries of the Bible.” Many believe it to be the word of God, while others claim it contains inconsistencies and contradictions that could only be man-made. But whether actually divine — or merely divinely inspired — the Bible one of the most important historical texts ever written. What is it about the Bible that continues to fascinate and compel us? Could its true nature have been lost or misinterpreted — or, as some suspect, deliberately concealed — over time?

Great Performances: “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2021”
PBS, 9pm

Ring in 2021 with host Hugh Bonneville, joined by guest conductor Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic performing a festive selection of Strauss family waltzes.

Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!

Duane Ollinger’s 160-acre Blind Frog Ranch in Utah’s Uintah Basin sits nearly adjacent to Skinwalker Ranch in Utah — an area notorious for paranormal sightings and other mysterious activity — and has drawn treasure seekers for hundreds of years. Ollinger has sunk everything he has into hunting for what he believes is a vast fortune of gold in the ground. This series follows Ollinger as he goes all-in and brings on a team to help him: his son, Chad Ollinger; friend and retired sheriff’s deputy Charlie Snider; and Eric Drummond, a renowned geologist who will help him map the faulted land. Duane and his crew will pull out all the stops to find the treasure buried beneath Blind Frog Ranch. This series will also be available on Discovery’s new streaming service, discovery+, starting at its launch on Jan. 4.

Ghost Adventures: “The Comedy Store”
Travel Channel, 10pm

The Ghost Adventures crew discovers that ghosts and sinister hauntings are no laughing matter at the iconic Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California. Long before the club welcomed top comedians to its stage, it was a mob hangout called Ciro’s. Gangster Mickey Cohen conducted sinister business here, including illegal gambling, bootlegging and prostitution. That history has led to a dark haunting that sticks around despite the laughs. Actor/comedian Jay Mohr, along with club employees, share their own haunting experiences, while actor/insult comic Jeff Ross surprises Zak Bagans with a roast onstage, before joining the crew on a paranormal investigation.

My Lottery Dream Home International
HGTV, 10:30pm

In two back-to-back episodes, popular British interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen first helps his clients in Newcastle, England, upgrade to a new home that satisfies their opposing design preferences. Then he will land on the shores of Plymouth, England, to help a man who moved back home after a terrifying motorbike accident find the home of his dreams after winning the lottery.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Asphalt Burning
Netflix
Original Film!

In this film from Norway — the third installment of that country’s Fast and Furious-esque Børning action/comedy movie franchise — when the brakes slam on his wedding, Roy (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) accepts a challenge from a new foe to race for his runaway bride at the iconic Nürburgring track in Germany.

Saturday Morning Cartoons
MeTV, 7am

Break out your footie pajamas! The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons of your youth return in this weekly three-hour block of classic shorts, which begin with “Popeye and Pals,” followed by “Tom and Jerry and the Gang” and “Bugs Bunny and Friends.” Neal Sabin, vice chairman of MeTV’s parent company, Weigel Broadcasting, says the network’s audience has long lobbied for the chance to re-create that cherished weekend ritual. He understands why: “Bugs is perhaps the greatest cartoon star ever created. Don’t we all want to have the courage, attitude, wit and personality of that wascally wabbit?”

Critical Thinking
Starz, 9:15am

Eager for more chess after bingeing The Queen’s Gambit? Make a wise move and watch this 2020 film starring and directed by John Leguizamo. It tells the inspiring true story of the 1998 Miami Jackson Senior High School chess team.

College Football
ABC & ESPN, beginning at 12pm Live

The final batch of college football bowl games before the national championship game features NC State vs. Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (ESPN), Ole Miss vs. Indiana in the Outback Bowl (ABC), Oregon vs. Iowa State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (ESPN) and Texas A&M vs. North Carolina in the Capital One Orange Bowl (ESPN).

College Basketball
CBS, beginning at 12pm Live

An SEC hoops doubleheader on CBS has Missouri at Arkansas, followed by LSU at Florida.

Kidnapped in Paradise
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Savannah Duke-Morgan (Claire van der Boom) realizes her lifetime dream to bring her husband Brad (Todd Lasance) and her 5-year-old daughter Aria (Molly Wright) back to her birthplace on the Gold Coast of Australia until it turns into her worst nightmare when Aria goes missing from the resort. Suspicions point everywhere, but ultimately the dangerous, heart-pounding race to find the little girl alive culminates with an amazing secret.

Taking a Shot at Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Jenna (Alexa PenaVega) is a former professional dancer who now teaches ballet to children in her Connecticut town. Jenna’s sports agent cousin convinces her to take on his NHL client Ryan “Coop” Cooper (Luke Macfarlane), a star player for the N.Y. Rangers, who has been nursing the same injury that sidelined Jenna’s dance career years before.

Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck
History, 9pm

This two-hour special details the underwater odyssey of the greatest Titanic expeditions and the evolution of the most scrutinized shipwreck in the world. From the epic discovery of the wreck by a French-American team in 1985 to the exploratory missions led by James Cameron — who managed to light the wreck scene like a Hollywood film set and venture inside the ship thanks to remote controlled robots, and to the treasure hunts that brought back over 5,000 relics — experience the unequaled thrill of these extreme dives through the eyes of the explorers who have attempted to unlock Titanic’s secrets.

Vertigo
TCM, 9:45pm
Catch a Classic!

This classic psychological thriller is not only often regarded as Alfred Hitchcock’s most masterful film, but also as one of the greatest movies ever. James Stewart plays retired detective Scottie Ferguson, who, after an incident on the job, has acquired vertigo and a fear of heights. Hired by an old friend to uncover the secret his wife (Kim Novak) is keeping from him, Scottie finds a forbidden romance, a deadly plot and an obsession that transcends the grave. Hitchcock’s brilliant direction is accompanied by terrific performances; stunning, Oscar-nominated art direction; and a swooning musical score from the great Bernard Herrmann that all help carry viewers to the heights of suspense.

Kindred Spirits
Travel Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Professional paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, and psychic medium Chip Coffey, return for a new 10-episode season. In the premiere, they travel to Salem, Massachusetts, to investigate the home of John Proctor — one of the men executed during the infamous 1692 witch trials. They visited once before during a special live event, when they used powerful magic to open a gateway that allowed them to communicate with spirits from the witch trials. Now, they return to launch a full-fledged investigation and learn more about the gateway they previously opened … and who came out of it.



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